When to Prune - Knowledgebase Question

kalamazoo, MI
Question by dfgquilter
May 23, 2006
You told me a while back to prune early in the spring. When you say

Answer from NGA
May 23, 2006


Early spring refers to just before new growth starts to push out. Pruning is "stressful" to a plant, so as a general guideline we don't want to prune just as a plant is heading into the heat of summer, which is also stressful! However, you can prune off a few old/dead branches now to clean-up a plant. Never remove more than one-third of a plant in any season. It reduces the material available to photosynthesize, basically "starving" the plant. Hope this info helps!

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